Thursday, August 25, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I got there and was greeted by a number of familiar faces. Cover Girl makeup was displayed on the tables and so were pictures of Cover Girl celebrity endorser Drew Barrymore.
Lipstick displays. So many colors to choose from!
Snacks were served shortly and after we (okay fine, I) filled ourselves to the brim with yummy food (pizza, pasta, and desserts!!!), we were tasked to do an icebreaker. We were paired and we were supposed to recreate Drew Barrymore’s Cover Girl Look.
I was paired with Martha, who I bonded immediately with both our love for honey-colored skin. I recreated the look on her (bonus with the hair), which was lined eyes in a basic brown color and bold red lips. Given the clue “lip perfection”, I realized the focus was supposed to be the lips, so I had to make sure that the lip shape was super defined with lipliner and lipstick.
Swatch of lipstick in Hot (above). Look how its consistency seems to glide on the skin smoothly with no falling into lines.
Me trying Hot, the lipstick we've been using. The staying power, I'm really impressed, for a cushy and creamy lipstick. This votes a plus plus for me to use in weddings, so I better stock up on the bridal colors when I can.
We all had a group picture where most of us tried on Hot.
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Monday, August 22, 2011
Kiara executing the funky monkey, one of her favorite pole tricks
Kiara is one of my closest friends in pole dancing. She’s funny, witty, pretty, and easy to get along with. We had one common ground aside from pole – we love makeup! That’s how we clicked and we’d both spend a lot of time talking about the latest makeup collections and our makeup must-haves. Kiara relates to me a little story that inspired her to always make a conscious effort to look good. When she was 15 years old, she went to a school fair and she saw a very pretty mom with her two kids. When she saw that mom, she promised to herself that when she becomes a mom, she’ll be like that. Kiara has never let herself go. Already in her 30’s, she still maintains a size 2 frame, does fabulously at work, makes sure that her brows are well-groomed, her nails polished, and lipstick impeccable. Also, she is blessed with a wonderful family who loves her dearly (no yaya, take note!).
One thing I admire in her (aside from her mad pole skills) is that she lives a well-balanced life. She has a wonderful career, she’s a mom to an adorable 1-year-old, and she regularly works out. Kiara does both pole and yoga and she’s doing well in both. Currently enrolled at the Intermediate 2 class, Kiara has done many advanced moves that I have yet to dream of doing. I love how she makes time for everything. She travels from her office in QC to make it to her 9 pm pole class in Ortigas (she gets to the studio early). Aside from her two sports – pole and yoga, Kiara is enrolled at a gym where she trains focusing on strengthening her thighs via isometric contractions. The gym is at the Fort and Kiara travels there too!
I call Kiara a superwoman, supermom, and hmmm… maybe a superstar. And as you can see, she lived up to that promise she made to herself when she was 15.
That quintessential question which I might need, I'll ask you. How was it doing that first invert? Any tips and tricks for girls like me who want to achieve that invert?
One thing that made us click is our love for makeup. Has this been innate in you or are you a late bloomer like me with cosmetics, health, and beauty?
I studied college at UP Diliman and didn’t wear ANY makeup. I graduated from the
So you do yoga, pole, have an awesome career, and you're a wife and mom. You consider yourself a superwoman?
How do you balance your life with family, work, and squeeze in some time with yourself, i.e. working out and keeping healthy?
I am blessed with a family that supports me and my husband knows that working out and keeping healthy makes me happy. My mom and hubby help out in taking care of my toddler Riley.
If you want something badly – you’ll find a way to get it! It’s really that simple. Having no time is not an excuse. When I gave birth to my daughter Riley, I had a C-section and it was really depressing not to be able to go back to the gym. I found an alternative workout, which was yoga and I was back to my size 2 frame in 6 months. (Bambi tip: ask your doctor for preggy-safe exercises that you can do depending on your condition. Aside from the health benefits, endorphins are good!)
What are the essentials in your makeup bag?
- MAC!!! Studio Sculpt foundation, brow set in GirlBoy / Beguile
- Eyeshadows in Ricepaper, Carbon and Soba
- Nars blush in Deep Throat
- MAC blush in Ripe Peach (limited edition though)
- MAC lipstick in Cherish, Spirit and Hug Me ( I love nude lips)
When your baby girl gets older, would you encourage that same active lifestyle on her that you have?
Definitely! I always wished I started earlier – would definitely encourage Riley to take up ballet or gymnastics.
Given a few years, Riley will be up and active joining her mom’s fabulous lifestyle. Kiara inspires me to make a very conscious effort to look good, anytime, everywhere, especially during my pangit days. When I become a mommy, I better look back to my interview on Kiara and hopefully, I get to be fabulous just like her! I can just hear her say, “Having no time is not an excuse.” And that puts me right on track!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Rarely do I post entires here in my blog on rants or a bad eperience. I really try to keep a positive aura in my blog site and veer away from things unpretty. After all, this is a blog about beauty, love, and passion so negativity should be kept far away as possible. But from how things have turned out, I have decided (and much encouragement from those who care) to write about it because I felt like I needed to be heard and after my experience, I knew I had to step up.
I’ve been doing makeup for a living since 2007. In my four years as makeup artist, I’ve been through it all – I’ve started out doing pro-bono and x-deal work just to get my portfolio started and practice, later on taking paying gigs, that including work for weddings, print, TV, and theater. I’ve had my fair share of both good and bad experiences but none ever tops this experience I’ll be telling you, which has earned me a valuable lesson in the end.
December of last year, I got a call to do a cover shoot featuring a famous athlete/politician for an up-and-coming magazine to be launched at that month. I got the gig via a model I worked with before and the photographer would be one of my good friends. Of course I said yes because it was a chance of a lifetime (who wouldn’t?). I was told of the talent fee that I’ll be getting for the shoot (Php3,000) but I’ll be getting the payment after the magazine’s launch. Magazines usually have a waiting period before releasing paychecks here in the
Anyway, the shoot did commence and so did the event yet I wasn’t called to get my payment. Magazines are usually like this, delaying payments, so I just let the whole thing pass knowing that hopefully these aren’t like the horror stories I hear and maybe, just maybe they will call me and say “Hey, your check’s ready.” And usually things like these take 3 months to be released (quite true, horrific, but true).
Anyway, a month after, I did a shoot for a designer’s lookbook, which is supposed to be done under the editor-in-chief of the magazine’s rebranding and catalogue business. My contact for this again was my friend and I was assured I’ll be paid after. Fee for the shoot was Php 3,000 per day. We did that shoot for a total of 3 days, so all in all, that’s Php 9,000 for that project. By this point, the magazine owes me now Php 12,000 including the cover photoshoot. After this, getting the payment became a pain. We were given a specific time when the payment’s going to be released only to be delayed with another excuse, either “next Friday, next week, two weeks,”. At one instance, I was told to go to the magazine’s office at 11 am the following day. I did get there by 11 am only to find out no one was answering the door and I waited 30 minutes at the corridor knocking occasionally and texting the editor-in-chief that I was there already. I was told that no one’s at the office and the editor-in-chief is at lunch. She told me to come back at 3 pm (here we go again!). By this time, I was getting impatient, but I still had high hopes of being paid. I went to lunch and met my photographer friend (the same one I worked with with the cover shoot) and we both went back to the office since she was going to collect her payment too, We waited until 3 and even 4 pm. The editor-in-chief didn’t show up and our payments weren’t endorsed to anyone in the office. It clearly was a disappointing day and so were the following days, since it was a vicious cycle of following up and then another delay or alibi. The one last moment was when editor-in-chief met us, and apologized for the delay, sweet-talked us and all, saying they’ve tried all that they can (waiting for sponsors to pay, etc) and gave me and the photographer Php 1,000 each, as partial payment and at least cover the gas/transportation expenses we had for the shoots.
I was mad already this time but I didn’t lose my temper. I tried to lay low for a bit, and I took on new projects and just let the good vibe come in. I didn’t get to hear from the magazine and just gave them the benefit of the doubt that probably they’re having problems and they would’ve needed the money more than I did. A few weeks after that, I got a Facebook message from one of the makeup artists who contributed to that magazine asking if I (along with other contributors that we both know) if we’ve all been paid yet. Well guess what? None of us have been paid yet. I also got in touch with other contributors and they shared me their own woes of not being able to get their payment. Editor-in-chief does the same old drill… gives a day, when that day comes, she apologizes for yet another delay with an alibi, and charms you with promises and stories and all.
I also got an SMS message from the designer (the one we did a lookbook on). Turns out that she has already paid editor-in-chief in full for the rebranding service and lookbook she’s supposed to do and Miss Editor-In-Chief has not given her the lookbook she promised. So we have contributors who haven’t been paid and unsatisfied clients demanding a refund. A contributor has already given a demand letter from her lawyer yet this in fact didn’t seem to work. My photographer friend has followed up recently and didn’t have any luck.
Two weeks ago, I told her that I still have not forgotten about the payments due to me and I think seven months (from January) is more than enough time to gather sufficient funds for the magazine. Her reply was that she’ll be in touch with me in two weeks. I kept the two weeks in mind. After two weeks, I didn’t get any reply from her so I sent another message that two weeks have passed and what are the updates. She told me that she would contact me within the week. That was the last straw. I gave her two weeks, and enough is enough. This issue has long been delayed. I asked her if it could be any sooner. She told me that they don’t have any money right now with them. My reply was this:
It was indeed a painful experience for me. I do know that there are better gigs out there, with better clients, and I have experienced better client pool after that. I’m still going to try to get my payment after this, since that’s still hard-earned money, although we all know what to expect/
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
- top: bazaar-bought, those generic tank tops in all colors
- skirt: Forever21
- shoes: The Ramp